For more than 100 years, Spector Furniture has brightened drab, darkened homes with a vast collection of designer furnishings, accents, and lighting. Patrons peruse the showroom, lined with mirrors (up to $200), sofas ($899+), recliners ($500+), and other room-boosting units from frequently slept in, sat on, and hurdled over suppliers such as Stanley and La-Z-Boy. Attentive associates help find armoires and cabinets to fit your home’s distinct style, ranging from rustic cabins to modern dens. Orders within 20 miles receive free delivery, and all purchases come with free setup, so customers can avoid confusion trying to attach mislabeled legs to dangling chandeliers.
The window dressers at Connecticut Shade and Blind have embellished bare panes with custom blinds, shades, and sumptuous draperies for more than a quarter century. Interior rooms exposed to overly enthusiastic sunbeams or binocular-bearing blue jays cover vulnerable windows with light filtering double-cell shades ($546 for a 36"x54" panel). The futuristic blinds are energy efficient, helping to defend against winter drafts and roasting summer suns. Wood blinds ($549 for a 36"x54" panel) or faux wood blinds ($413 for a 36"x54" panel) add texture and a touch of the outdoors to stylish interiors. A variety of fabrics in woven blends or ethereal sheers dress window interiors as curtains or human exteriors as stylish togas. Any accrued shipping costs are included in this Groupon.
In almost 30 malls sprinkled across four states, Beauty Plus Salon beckons prospective makeover recipients with a fleet of skilled stylists and a colossal selection of professional beauty products. "The beauty industry never slows down," staffers say on Facebook, so "neither do we." That's why mall-goers find Beauty Salon open seven days a week. Between the retail shelves that average 500 nail polish colors, clients get gussied with services that pamper hair, skin, and nails.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).